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One of the projects of the Colli Orientali del Friuli is to recognize and celebrate the unique typicity of not only its indigenous grapes, but also the long established international varieties. Because of the diversely mixed political history of the region, the area has celebrated the introduction of grapes known more famously in other grape parts of the world. Unfortunately, in many cases the introduction of new grape types has also accompanied the loss of indigenous ones. Friuli has a deep commitment to cultivating the grapes peculiar to the area–Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia, Schioppettino, Refosco, to name a few–but also has a dedication to developing and understanding those international varieties with their own long standing local tradition, and the continued potential for strong relationship with the local terroir.